Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fayetteville Students Rule

A total of 142 Arkansas high school seniors are being named today as Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, making them eligible to receive one of the prestigious college scholarships next spring. Eighteen of these outstanding young scholars, roughly 13% of the state total, are from Washington County. Ten of those are from Fayetteville High School, which is the same total for all of Benton County.

The ten Fayetteville students recognized include Emily DeLong, Kyle Erf, Jordan Janawitz, Kaley Jarrett, Rebecca Lindsey, Savannah Mills, Jacob Purcell, Katherine Soerens, Daniel Tchakhalian, and Belgie Wang. Other Washington County scholars were Hannah Coffey and Grace Smith of Prairie Grove; Erin Plum of Elkins; West Fork homeschooler Anna Stitt; Graham Atherton, Kaila Pianalto, and Erin Wright of Springdale Har-Ber; and Stephanie Johnson of Springdale, bringing the county total to 18 National Merit Semifinalists this year.

Up in the shallow end of the gene pool, the Republican stronghold of Benton County had 10 National Merit Semifinalists. As expected, Siloam Springs had zero, the same number as Decatur and Gentry. Pea Ridge and Gravette had one each. Rogers had thee, and Bentonville had five.

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